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Town of Boone Cemetery

Jordan Councill Cemetery Headstones

Headstones at Town of Boone Cemetery

Old Jordan Councill Cemetery

Since 2014, JHA has been working with Boone Historic Preservation Commission to save and preserve the almost forgotten historic black cemetery in the heart of Boone. The old Jordan Councill Cemetary behind Cone Residence Hall on campus includes more than 75 Junaluska members, early graves of slaves, and the graves of three military veterans. The Town of Boone has taken over management of the cemetery, and both sections are now called the Town of Boone Cemetary. 

Jordan Councill, the man for which the cemetery used to be named, owned the largest number of enslaved people in Watauga County in the 1800s. He also donated the land for both the white and black sections of the Boone Cemetery. Additionally, researchers suspect that Jordan Councill owned a significant portion of the land where the Junaluska neighborhood now stands.

The JHA and a group of local citizens wanted to investigate who owned the cemetery today so that a bronze marker could be added to designate the area as a historical cemetery. As of 2015, the Town of Boone manages both the white and black graves within what is now officially referred to as the Town of Boone Cemetery.



Articles on Jordan Councill Cemetery

Jordan Councill Cemetery - Find a Grave

JHA Presses for Signage of Jordan Councill Cemetery (2014)

Jordan Councill Cemetary Confusion (2014)


Junaluska Heritage Association Locations Around Boone

Click on the marked locations to view photographs and descriptions of places associated with JHA partners and activities in the community of Boone, NC.

Town of Boone Cemetery